- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈpɪəɹəns/
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈpɪɹəns/
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- Hyphenation: ap‧pear‧ance
appearance (plural appearances)
- The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye.
His sudden appearance surprised me.
- A thing seen; a phenomenon; an apparition.
There was a strange appearance in the sky.
- Personal presence; look; aspect; mien.
1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, a Dramatic Poem. Of that Sort of Dramatic Poem which is Call’d Tragedy.”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey at the Mitre in Fleetstreet, near Temple-Bar, OCLC 228732398, lines 99–101, page 66:
- And now am come to ſee of whom ſuch noiſe / Hath walk'd about, and each limb to ſurvey, / If thy appearance anſwer loud report.
1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. […] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?
- Apparent likeness; external show; how something appears to others.
Some people say I'm shallow because I care so much about my appearance.
2016 February 4, Mark Hudson, “KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, review: 'hypnotically compelling'”, in The Telegraph:
- KAWS’s first sculptures were limited edition toys for the Japanese brand Bounty Hunter, and the stylised figures distributed around YSP in a variety of postures – shielding their eyes from the sun, seated in apparent contemplation or leading a child-sized version of themselves over the sward – have the appearance of gigantic toys, with their instant legibility and machine-honed surfaces.
- 1769, The King James Bible, Numbers ix. 15
- And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, namely, the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning.
- 1769, The King James Bible John vii. 24
- Judge not according to the appearance.
- (philosophy, theology) That which is not substance, essence, hypostasis; the outward reality as opposed to the underlying reality
Catholicism teaches that the Eucharist, while remaining under the physical appearance of bread and wine, becomes really and truly the body and the blood of Christ.
- The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public in a particular character.
A person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator.
David Beckham's first appearance with the LA Galaxy at Giants Stadium against the New York Red Bulls last night drew a crowd of 66237.
- 1671, John Milton, Paradise Regained
- Will he now retire, After appearance, and again prolong Our expectation?
- (law) The coming into court of either of the parties; the being present in court; the coming into court of a party summoned in an action, either by himself or by his attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a party proceeded against places himself before the court, and submits to its jurisdiction.
- (medicine) Chiefly used by nurses: the act of defecation by a patient.
The patient had a small bowel obstruction and there was no appearance until after the obstruction resolved.
- (act of coming into sight): arrival, manifestation,
- (a thing seen): spectacle, apparition, phenomenon, presence
- (aspect of a person): aspect, air, figure, look, manner, mien
- (outward show): semblance, show, pretense, façade or facade
- (act of appearing in public): debut
Terms derived from appearance
The act of appearing or coming into sight
A thing seen
Personal presence, form or look
Semblance, or apparent likeness
The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings
The coming into court of either of the parties